The Las Vegas Raiders are going to be one of the most intriguing teams in the NFL in 2021. Not only does Vegas reside in the AFC West, but the roster is talented enough to make the playoffs -- or flame out and finish last in the division. Based on the way training camp has gone, the former appears more likely than the latter.
Vegas appears primed to have a dynamic passing game with the wide receivers standing out in camp. The addition of Kenyan Drake also makes the offense more versatile, which will benefit Derek Carr -- who is one of the underrated quarterbacks in the game.
The offseason hire of Gus Bradley at defensive coordinator is already paying dividends, as Vegas has a pass rush with the potential to be dominant. The questions Vegas faces reside in Jon Gruden's coaching ability to the modern NFL and whether the revamped offensive line is good enough to protect Carr.
Regardless, Raiders fans have a lot to be excited for this season as camp concludes. Roster decisions and starting jobs are still up for grabs, which will be determined over the next week. We'll take a look at which players fans should invest in and sell their share of stock as the final preseason game approaches.
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Stock up: Tre'von Moehrig
Arguably the best safety in the draft, the Raiders are getting excellent value in Moehrig at No. 43 overall. Already playing his way onto the first team defense, the Raiders have been moving Moehrig around multiple positions -- but he appears to be a lock as the starting free safety for Gus Bradley.
Moehrig has received the praise from Gruden throughout camp, as the Raiders coach thinks the rookie will make an instant impact once the season starts. Moehrig's athleticism will benefit a young Vegas secondary.
Stock down: Clelin Ferrell
The Raiders have a strong pass rush with the addition of Yannick Ngakoue, who has been one of the best players in camp. Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby are projected to start on the first team, so where does that leave the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 draft?
Ferrell hasn't outplayed Ngakoue nor Crosby, so he'll be relegated to the second team. The Raiders defensive end hasn't had a bad camp and his numbers should improve in Bradley's defense, but he's been playing in the preseason while the other starters have sat for a reason. Not to mention the reports of Gruden trying to get Khalil Mack back.
Ferrell isn't a bust yet, even though it's more than fair to say he's been disappointing. Unless an injury occurs, Ferrell will continue to roam with the second team.
Stock up: Hunter Renfrow
The Raiders wide receivers have been excellent in camp, but Renfrow has arguably been the best of the bunch. Renfrow put on a show against Jalen Ramsey in the joint practices with the Rams, consistently beating him in the slot and giving Carr an easy throwing window in the sessions.
Carr has raved about Renfrow for his quickness and route running. Renfrow, who has 105 catches in his first two seasons, is a candidate to have 70-plus catches this year. With Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards challenging defenses over the top, Renfrow will be a consistent option inside. He makes the Raiders offense better.
Stock down: Nevin Lawson
An injury to Lawson opened up the starting nickel cornerback job -- one Nate Hobbs seized with an excellent performance against the Rams. To add insult to injury, Lawson is suspended the first two games which gives Hobbs the starting job to open the year.
Lawson is competing with Amir Robertson to make the roster at this point. The Raiders could go younger at cornerback and move on from the 30-year-old Lawson if they can't find playing time for him. We'll see what Vegas does here, since there are a good group of cornerbacks on the depth chart.
Stock up: Foster Moreau
The Raiders already have a Pro Bowl tight end in Darren Waller -- and appear to have a good No. 2 option in Moreau. Playing behind Waller and Jason Witten last year, Moreau played just 24% of the offensive snaps last season and his production declined. A knee injury didn't help matters, but Moreau has been healthy heading into training camp -- and is clearly showing that.
Gruden thinks Moreau is perfect for the Raiders offense, believed to be the fourth option behind Ruggs, Waller, and Renfrow (in no particular order). There are going to be games where Moreau doesn't get the target share because of all the weapons Vegas has in the passing game, but he's going to give Waller opportunities to have an even better season than last year.
Stock down: Jalen Richard
Listed as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, Richard's playing time already took a significant hit with the offseason signing of Kenyan Drake. A foot injury and a stint on the COVID-19 list have opened the door for Trey Ragas and Alec Ingold to battle it out for the third running back spot. Ingold can also play fullback, which is still prevalent in Gruden's offense.
Richard's best chance to make the roster is at kick returner. We'll see how much Vegas values that over the next week. Richard's five-year run with the Raiders may be over.